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Victim Location 44108
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I got the call this morning from this number claiming to be Publisher's Clearing House. They claimed I won 2.5 millions dollars, $10,000 cash, and 2019 Mercedes-Benz in pearl white. They said it came with a year of gas and a year of insurance covered by Geico. They asked if I was a U.S. citizen, how old I was, and my marital status. They said I needed to send $299 and that they were a hour and a half way from my location with the certified check for the 2.5 million dollars.

Victim Location 43822
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call today from David Beck pretending to be Publisher's Clearinghouse. He said I had won 2.5 million and a 2019 Mercedes Benz. He said I needed to pay $310 for handling the check, otherwise the bank would take a lot of fees out of the check. He said you don't sound excited, and I said I don't know if I should be. He asked if I would be giving any money to the church, and I said yes. He told me to go to Walmart or CVS to buy a Vanilla Gift card. I said that was too far. So I went to the Family Dollar Store in Frazeysburg, OH. He stayed on the phone with me. He wanted me to take the phone in with me but I left it in the car. I usually take a walker, but I left it in the car too so it was hard to get around. I took the Vanilla Card to the clerk. I wanted to pay for it with my credit card. The clerk put the transaction through but it was rejected. She said you can't pay for the Vanilla card with a Mastercard. I went back to the car, and I told him I couldn't pay for the card. He asked if there wasn't somebody I could borrow the money from like my parents. I said they're dead. He said he was sorry that happened, isn't there anybody else I could borrow the money from. I said I'm on Social Security and don't get much. He said he would hold the check for me to buy a card when I get my disability check. He asked if I was married. He asked if I wanted to keep it confidential. He did not have an accent. A couple of years ago I got a check in the mail with a letter which I took to the bank, and they said it was not good.

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Received call that I won the sweepstakes and they wanted to send someone to my house with a package. Hung up but they keep calling.

Victim Location 44022
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a business posing to be Publisher's Clearing house. They stated that I had won 2 million in prizes, a car and $5,000 a week for life. They asked me to pay $400 up front. They said it was for the federal state tax. They said they're not supposed to tell anyone my claim number, not even my husband. The man on the phone said his name was Henry Hollen.

Victim Location 63128
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

James * *** called me saying he was with the Publisher's Clearing House. He wanted me to pay $954 to the bank for taxes in order for me to receive $8.2 million.

Victim Location 63645
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

6 Phone calls from "Publisher's Clearing House" they claimed that they needed me to send them money in order to claim the check. Someone would be by in 35-45 minutes to provide the check. They would go with me to the bank to make sure it got cashed and that I wasn't laundering money. They also asked me if there was anyone else in the house.

Victim Location 65247
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call from this number and they claimed to be Publisher's Clearing House. They stated I had won $2.5 million and were to pay me $700,000 a week. I was required to submit a payment of $700 to receive the winnings.

Victim Location 44212
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

BBB STAFF AR 8/6/19

Consumer has received 6 calls from a business claiming to be Publisher's Clearinghouse, stating he won a "luxury prize". When he called the number back, the prize is so large, there was a fee to claim the prize. They also said they would call the consumer back with the cost of what it would be to claim the prize.

Victim Location 65775
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Michael *** and Donald *** were the names of the people who contacted me telling me that I had won PCH. I've never entered into any of those kind of contests.

Victim Location 48228
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a call from a Mr. Carlos Brown stating that he was a general manager for the Publisher's Clearing House. He stated that I won 50 million dollars but 99% of my taxes were paid for so I only will receive 11.5 million dollars in a certified check lotto ticket, and won three cars. The three cars were Mercedes-Benz 2019 S36, BMW 2019 X6, and a Range Rover 2019 0 8 3 with all leather interior. The telephone number is 1-876-389-4013. He stated that I am the beneficiary of the package. He stated that I needed to get them a receipt with Western Union to equal $300 and include my ID. The address to use at Western Union was JAMAICA w. I. He also stated Mr Alex Louis is the name I should make the MoneyGram out to. He stated that they would deliver the check at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15th 2019. I asked to let me know know what my address was. He could not tell me. Then asked me to calm down. But I was not yelling. I calmly just wanted to know if he knew my address. I confirmed the date and he repeated it. He also stated that Mr John Richmond is the general manager also. He wanted me-if I wanted- to give them a money order for $300 instead then I hung up.

Victim Location 43028
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I received a phone call today from Publisher's Clearinghouse. A man, with a Jamaican accent, said his name was David Esteban. He said I had won $5 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz. He gave me a package number and claim number. He was going to deposit the money in my account today. He said people in Gambier would be coming to my house. He asked me to go to Walmart and buy a $300 Amazon gift card. Then his men would come pick up the card, and give me a check and escort me to the bank. He said he was a very Godly man, and that my prayers had been answered. He said friends would take advantage of me if they knew I had won $5 million dollars so to keep it confidential. He kept saying, "I know you want to cry, so just let it out, let it out". He asked me if I wanted to be on radio or television or keep it confidential. I told him I could get to Walmart in the next three hours, and he responded that I needed to get there now. So, I told him I would call him back when I get the card.

Victim Location 63304
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

My wife received a phone call on her cell phone saying that we had won $1.3 million dollars and a Bentley through the Publisher's Clearing House. They said they would pay part of the taxes. And they would deliver the car tomorrow.

Victim Location 32505
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Rev. King called and said I won 5 million dollars and a new car and they would deliver them to me. I just had to pay state taxes.

Victim Location 63134
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

received call stating I had won 2.5 million dollars but needed to pay $555 before I received the prize

Victim Location 77656
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Got a call from a Michael Foster who said I won some money from Publisher's Clearinghouse. Michael wanted me to send $700.00 for my taxes on the money. When talking to my husband, he said, NO! He wasn't paying any money to any one. When I told Michael what my husband said, he wasn't interest in talking to me any more. My husband and I figured it was a scam.

Victim Location 44130
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Entered by BBB Staff SE 6-26-2019

Consumer received an "Executive Memorandum" from "Executive Vice President Deborah Holland" with the subject line reading "Incomplete Compliance for your $25,000 A Month for Life Prize Number". It appears there was a handwritten note on the top of the letter stating "Mr._______ This was sent after you've ignored prior notices! Don't you want to win?". In the letter there were instructions of what the consumer would be receiving in the next day and they provided a prize number to use when calling them.

Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Called and was told I won over 2 million dollars, the caller identified himself as "William Kennedy" but sounded foreign. Asked him if he goes by "Bill" and the caller sounded confused. He mentioned his CEO " John Peterson with a code 995-20 would contact me with further information on how to get my 2 Million. Lots of red flags.

Victim Location 44128
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

 Consumer received a numerous calls from someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearinghouse. They asked for banking numbers as well as her social security number. Caller said that consumer would be sent a certified check. Consumer asked the caller if she could record the call and they hung up. There is a male in the background telling the female what to say over the phone to the consumer.

Victim Location 77707
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

A lady call me stating I won $1 Million Dollars and they want to come to my house but, when they come it't going to be a suprise. So, she said, I'm not telling you when we coming. We know you are going to be so happy to receive your check. By the way, we are going to need you to give us your driver license number. My excitement die down and I figure this is a scam.

Victim Location 63144
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

number claiming to be Publisher's Clearing House stating that I have won a sum of money and that I needed to pay a sum in order to receive the prices.

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